Financial Aid Office

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) and Percentage of Credits Completed

Cumulative Grade Point Average 

The grade point average (GPA) calculation is based only on SCSU coursework.

Undergraduate: An undergraduate student must have the following minimum cumulative GPA based on SCSU credits attempted and accepted transfer credits. A student with 0 – 44 credits must maintain at least a 1.75 GPA. A student with 45 or more credits must maintain at least a 2.00 GPA.

Post-baccalaureate: A student pursuing another undergraduate degree, certificate or licensure must maintain at least a 2.65 cumulative GPA in courses completed following the conferring of the first bachelor’s degree.

Graduate: A graduate student must maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA based on all SCSU coursework taken as a graduate student to be eligible for financial aid.

Doctoral: A doctoral student must maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA based on all SCSU coursework taken as a doctoral student.

Percentage of Credits Completed

To measure a student’s completion rate, take SCSU cumulative credits successfully completed plus credits accepted in transfer and divide by SCSU credits attempted plus credits accepted in transfer. This standard will include all academic terms of attempted SCSU enrollment at student’s current admission status plus all credits accepted in transfer. Successful completion of credits means earning a passing grade (A+ through D- or S) in a course. Grades of F, FN, U, I, IP, W, and Z in a course count as non-completed credits.

Undergraduate/Post-baccalaureate/Graduate/Doctoral: To remain eligible for financial aid, students pursuing a first undergraduate degree, another undergraduate degree, certificate, licensure, master's or doctoral degree are required to progress toward completion of a program by successfully completing at least 66.67% (2/3) of all SCSU credits attempted at their current admission status plus all credits accepted in transfer.

EXAMPLE 1: Jason attended SCSU for three terms and attempted a total of 45 credits during that time. He also attended another university prior to SCSU and transferred in 10 credits. After three terms at SCSU, he has earned 39 credits and has six credits of withdrawal plus 10 credits accepted in transfer. To determine his percentage of credits completed, Jason would divide the 39 SCSU credits he earned and the 10 transfer credits (49) by the 45 credits he attempted and 10 transferred credits (55). Jason’s completion rate would be 89%; therefore, he would be eligible for financial aid because his 89% completion rate exceeds the minimum completion rate requirement of 66.67%.

EXAMPLE 2: Ann attended SCSU for two terms and attempted a total of 32 credits during the two terms. After two terms, she has earned 20 credits, has eight credits of F and four credits of withdrawal. To determine her percentage of credits completed, Ann would divide the credits she earned (20) by the credits she attempted (32). Ann's completion rate would be 62.50%; therefore, she would be on warning status because her 62.50% completion rate is less than the minimum completion rate of 66.67%. A second term below the required minimum completion rate will result in suspension and ineligibility for further financial aid.

Warning and Suspension

The status assigned to a student after the first semester or term in which the minimum requirements of the policy are not met. Financial aid eligibility continues for one additional semester or term at this status. A student on warning status must be in compliance with all the satisfactory academic progress requirements to remain eligible for financial aid.

  • A student who is not meeting satisfactory academic progress requirements at the completion of any semester or summer term will be placed on financial aid warning for the next semester or term of enrollment.
  • A student placed on warning must make an appointment at the Academic Advising Center to discuss academic progress. By careful planning for academic success, the student should generally be able to meet the minimum requirements at the end of the warning semester or term.

The status assigned to a student who fails to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements after the warning period. The student will be suspended from the university through the next semester and financial aid for all future terms will be cancelled. A student will remain ineligible for financial aid until s/he is in compliance with the financial aid policy or successfully appeals her/his financial aid suspension

Return to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) overview

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